Scouting for leaders in a golden year

The 80th Fife in 1985 when it won five District competitions
The 80th Fife in 1985 when it won five District competitions
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Linktown appeal as group marks 50th anniversary

A Kirkcaldy Scout group is urgently seeking new leaders to ensure it can continue providing fun and educational pursuits for years to come.

Four Scouts who won the swimming trophy in 1985

Four Scouts who won the swimming trophy in 1985

As it prepares to belatedly celebrate its 50th birthday, the 80th Fife (Linktown) group, which has Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts, is looking to recruit interested people to train as leaders to take the group into the next half century.

Group Scout leader Andrew Gourlay is hoping that the forthcoming anniversary celebrations, which will take place at Linktown Church where the various groups meet on a weekly basis, will provide a forum for people to express an interest in helping to develop young people through the Scout movement.

An exhibition of old photos, documents and other memorabilia, along with a powerpoint presentation of the group’s history will take place on April 30 from 7.00 p.m, and refreshments will also be served.

“We are hoping that anyone who was connected with our group over the past 50 years will come along, see our exhibition of memorabilia and share their memories with us,” said Andrew.

Alan Davidson and Neil McGill canoeing in 1978

Alan Davidson and Neil McGill canoeing in 1978

“Then, if they would like to offer their services to help out with any of the groups, we would be very happy to talk to them.”

The 80th Fife has lost its Cub leader who had to give up because of work commitments and, while two parents have agreed to become assistants, a leader has still to be appointed.

Meanwhile the Scout leader is also struggling to attend every week due to work, so the group would like to appoint at least two new leaders.

“The assistant district commissioner for the Beavers has been helping out by providing emergency cover to keep the group going as the Beaver leader has taken over the Cubs, but we would love to get lots more people involved so we can have enough at all times,” added Andrew.

The group in 2000

The group in 2000

The group’s membership currently stands at over 70, with around 20 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and 10 Explorer Scouts as well as leaders and assistant leaders.

Scout’s honour ...

Robert Hume set up the first Cub pack at Linktown in 1963, with Scouts following on a few years later when Jimmy Stewart became the first Scout leader there. Andrew joined in 1967 as an assistant leader and has been with the group ever since, volunteering as a leader from 1973-89 then group Scout leader from then until the present.

“Our numbers have gone up down over the years and in 1989 the Scouts folded for a few years due to lack of numbers, but re-opened when more Cubs moved up, but it has been fairly stable since then,” added Andrew.

“Beavers started up in the mid 1980s through Elaine Bowie, who served with us for 16 years.”

Among the group’s highlights was winning five District competitions in 1985, and winning the Scottish Scout and Guide canoeing championships in 1978.

Anyone with any memorabilia which could be borrowed for the exhibition event at the end of the month can contact Andrew on (01592) 890719, and the same number can be used by anyone interested in volunteering to help with the various groups.